In America the silicon (glassy-eyed) giants censor the citizen’s speech – all the way up to the President,
In China the government censors the tech tyrants, as well as its citizens.
What’s the difference?
The simple answer is that the United States has private companies regulating the government, insuring submission to what’s good for the business class – an ignorant, hard-working and submissive populace.
Meanwhile, China has the Communist Chinese Party (CCP) telling both citizens and businesses what to do and even what to think. The result is the same – ignorant, hard-working, submissive subjects.
Both nations contend that their governance is the best approach to improve the lot of the average person, and both now control your speech, medical decisions, schooling and even what you see on the web and television.
Both countries also allow establishment elites to set policies, and discourage democratic referendums on taxes and the national budget, let alone military actions and government subsidies.
Most Americans never attend a municipal or school board meeting, relying on the professional DEMs and GOPs to select politicians to set their taxes, maintain infrastructure and educate children. This absentee governance has about the same result as absentee parenthood.
The internet giants bring us the news and opinions which we are allowed to learn in both countries, but their real power in China is insignificant compared to here.
Twitter and Facebook were banned in China more than a decade ago. Google ran away in 2010, even though it was a self-censored search engine there.
Now, Microsoft is abandoning its version of LinkedIn in China, despite some 53 million local users.
The CCP has not been happy recently with LinkedIn’s use by citizen’s critical of the party, and last month the firm said it discontinued because of “a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.”
While we’ve found success in helping Chinese members find jobs and economic opportunity, we have not found that same level of success in the more social aspects of sharing and staying informed, according to the job site.
Like other U.S. firms in China, LinkedIn has tried to play ball with the CCP, including hiding history of the 1989 Tienanmen Square massacre.
LinkedIn has 756 million users worldwide, $8 billion annual earnings and 16,000 employees. Other statistics include:
- More than 74% of LinkedIn users are from outside the US.
- Females account for 43.1% of the total LinkedIn users, while 56.9% of LinkedIn users are male.
- 48.5% of US LinkedIn users are “Monthly Active Users”
- There are 326 million female users on LinkedIn and 430 million male users.
- Largest LinkedIn markets are: U.S., 178 million users; India, 76 million; Brazil, 49 million; and United Kingdom, 30 million.
- The most LinkedIn users are between 25 and 34 = 60.1%.